In my program I have to take 3 ERIs (during FINALS WEEK): Pathophysiology, Fundamentals and Adult Health. I have to meet or exceed the national average in order to move on in the program, despite the grade I receive in my regular course. (So, yeah, if I got an A in my med/surg course but failed the corresponding ERI, they take my A away and I'm out).
We didn't get any info on ERIs until last week when our director figured out by our whining that we never got the information, and frankly the thought of taking 4 finals and 3 ERIs next week, all of which I HAVE to pass to move on, is a little intimidating.
I took 2 practice ERIs tonight and passed both of them, but I'm still uneasy about the whole thing. Does anyone else have to take ERIs and can maybe tell me a little more about them? Thanks!
Nov 7, '06
Hi, my school used to use ERI's. They are using Hesi now. We had Fundamentals and Psychiartriac nursing ERI tests the first and second semesters of nursing school, on which we also had to score above the national average in order to continue. This was VERY scary to me because it didn't matter if we did great the whole semester, if we made the national average or below on the ERI, we were out. I actually freaked out so bad the night before the psychiatric one last semester that I started crying...and I don't even have test anxiety! Well, I ended up doing very well on it, so all that worrying was for nothing. Furthermore, no one in my class was unable to move on because of either of those ERI tests.
The same rule will apply to the Hesi tests this and next semester, but I'm not very worried about them this time around. I'm finally starting to gain some confidence in this nursing stuff. (That's something that, 6 months ago, I thought I would never say! It feels good.)
Good luck, and try not to worry too much!
Last edit by nicuRN2007 on Nov 7, '06
Nov 7, '06
Yep, except at my school it is called ATI. We have to pass the ATI tests above the median average or we don't progress in the program. I'm not worried about it.
We pay a bit over $100 a semester for the ATI tests which also comes with a book for each subject...this semester we do Fundamentals, Med/Surg and Psych/Mental health, we take all those tests finals week with our regular finals, and I study the ATI books along with my regular text books all semester. I've been making A's and B's in all my classes because of those books, they really help IMO!
Nov 8, '06
We took the ERI tests and had to pass above national average also. Nobody got left behind in our program. On one of the tests the national average was 55%.
Nov 8, '06
I have to do a few before the end of the semester. I've done one. I just put it out of my mind and another student reminded me this week.
Nov 8, '06
That's a relief that no one got kicked because of ERIs. Thanks for the info!
Nov 9, '06
We've taken the A&P ERI and will be taking the Nutrition ERI next week, but they don't hinge our continuing in the program on our scores on the ERI testing. We just have to complete the exams and turn in proof that we did it. I hadn't had A&P for over a year when I took that ERI and still scored well over the national average, so I wouldn't worry too much about the requirement that your school has placed on you for that. The national averages aren't so great on the ERIs that I have seen. Good luck!
Must Read Topics